Baltimore origin of local ecstasy, Molly arrests

Published 9:48 pm Monday, July 27, 2020

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Two Baltimore residents attempting to deliver drugs were met with arrest on arrival to Beaufort County, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

Davon Hemphill, 37, and Latrice McFadden, 33, both of Baltimore were arrested earlier this month, after investigators with the sheriff’s office drug unit were tipped off that Hemphill and McFadden would be making a delivery.

“If there’s anything I would say, it’s to thank the citizens that trust us and call us and give us the information — that goes a long way for us. That’s led to a lot of arrests,” said Lt. Russell Davenport, head of the drug unit.

According to press release, based on information they’d received, investigators conducted a traffic stop on the Honda Accord Hemphill and McFadden were driving and a search by the drug unit’s K-9 turned up approximately 500 Ecstasy pills, 150 grams of Molly, 37 Adderall pills, marijuana, digital scales and plastic baggies used to repackage drugs. Molly and Ecstasy are variations of MDMA, or 3,4-methelenedioxymethamphetamine, that has stimulating and hallucinogenic effects. Though originally patented by the pharmaceutical company MERCK, the drug became popular on the streets in the 1980s.

Davenport said the version of Molly found in the recent search is referred to as “Molly crack,” because of the form it comes in: little bricks that are then cut for sale.

“What they do with that is they cut that, chop it up real fine and put it in capsules, and they try get the same effect from the Molly that they do with the ecstasy pills,” Davenport said.

He added that the process can be dangerous.

“The Molly that we’ve getting has been coming back from the lab with a mixture of meth in it,” Davenport said. “As usual, with every drug you get off the street, you don’t know what you’re getting. These days, we’re seeing a mixture of everything.”

Hemphill and McFadden were charged with trafficking Molly, a Schedule I controlled substance; trafficking in ecstasy pills, a Schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver Adderall (amphetamine salt), a Schedule II controlled substance; possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were held until $100,000 secured bonds at the Beaufort County Detention Center.

Davenport said drugs coming in from out of state is common, and Baltimore is a known source of ecstasy and Molly.

“We see a lot of traffic from people from out of state,” Davenport said, adding that the “dark web” is another growing source of drugs. “It takes time working the street-level cases trying to figure out where the drugs are coming from.”